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Devonport High School for Boys 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Devonport High School for Boys was founded in 1896, initially for boys in Plymouth and its surrounding district who were seeking a career in the Navy. The Devonport Borough Council took over the school in 1906.

The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) designated Devonport High School for Boys as one of the first four specialist engineering colleges in England in 2002, and it continues to hold this specialist status. In 2021, 64.1% of GCSE results were A*/A/9/8/7 and 56% of A levels were graded A*/A.

Devonport High School for Boys is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and is recognised for its focus on providing equal opportunities for all students.

11 plus information for Devonport High School for Boys

  • Address: Devonport High School for Boys, Paradise Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 5QP

  • County: Devon

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01752 208787

  • School type: boys’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,135

  • Number of Year 7 places: 180

  • Open day: Thursday 7th July 2022 and Monday 11th July 2022

  • Registration period: 25th April – 31st August

  • 11 plus exam date: Saturday 17th September and Saturday 24th September 2022

  • Exam board type: GL Assessments

  • Results: 14th October

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2023

  • Appeals: heard by an independent appeal panel

Devonport High School for Boys term dates

The 2022-23 term dates for Devonport High School for Boys are:

  • Autumn term: 7th September – 16th December

  • Half term: 21st – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Devonport High School for Boys 11 plus admissions process

Devonport High School for Boys follows Plymouth City Council’s coordinated secondary admissions scheme. Parents of candidates will need to register their son through the Plymouth City Council website before 31st August 2022, in addition to completing their Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) before 31st October 2022 (an application for a school place).

Boys who have a statement of special educational need or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names Devonport High School for Boys – and who achieve the qualifying mark – will be admitted to the school first. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the 180 places available, the following oversubscription criteria will apply in order:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children who achieved a qualifying mark

  2. Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England, and ceased to be in state care since being adopted

  3. 174 candidates who achieve a qualifying mark (in rank order)

  4. Up to six students who achieve a qualifying mark and are in receipt of the pupil premium on the date of the 11 plus test

  5. Other candidates who achieve a qualifying mark in order

When parents receive their child’s 11 plus results from Devonport High School for Boys, they will see that their child has been placed in either category A, B or C:

  • A: the candidate has passed the 11 plus and can apply for a place at the school

  • B: the candidate has passed the 11 plus and can apply for a place at the school, but his score means that he may be put on the waiting list

  • C: the candidate has not passed the 11 plus and cannot be considered for a place at the school

There is no catchment area for Devonport High School for Boys.

Devonport High School for Boys 11 plus exam format

The 11 plus exam at Devonport High School for Boys is administered by GL Assessments. Applicants will take the exam on two separate dates – Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th September.

  • Saturday 17th September: Two English papers. The first is a multiple-choice English paper from GL Assessments. The second is a school’s own paper, requiring written answers to an English passage (comprehension). This does not count towards the assessed mark, but may be used in appeals.

  • Saturday 24th September: One Maths paper. This is multiple-choice.

The qualifying mark (the combined mark from both papers) is equal to or higher than that of the 180th candidate (in rank order of scores). An average is taken from the two GL Assessment papers (English and maths), which will give your child’s rank, and candidates must also pass the school’s own English paper.

Devonport High School for Boys will be holding 11 plus familiarisation sessions on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th June 2022. Those attending will sit a maths paper in exam conditions, and will be given an English paper (comprehension and composition) to complete at home.

Registration for these sessions will open on the same date as the admissions registration (25th April 2022) on the Devonport High School for Boys website. Candidates may attend either session (the content is identical).

Familiarisation materials and an 11 plus guidance video are also available on the Devonport High School for Boys website.

How can I help my child prepare for Devonport High School for Boys 11 plus?

We recommend taking advantage of the familiarisation session at Devonport High School for Boys on Wednesday 15th or Thursday 16th June, as this will give your son a great opportunity to experience real exam conditions before sitting the 11 plus exam in September.

Here are our other top tips to help your child prepare:

Start early: We suggest beginning the 11 plus preparation journey at the end of Year 4 or the beginning of Year 5. Your child should feel comfortable with the curriculum content before beginning targeted exam preparation. Core curriculum programmes are useful to help boost confidence and subject mastery ahead of the exam.

Friendly familiarisation: The 11 plus exam will contain question styles that your child has likely not come across before. With Atom’s Exam Preparation Plus package, your child will be able to take as many Mock Tests as necessary to feel comfortable with the format and style of Devonport High School for Boys’ GL exam.

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Read widely: The 11 plus exam will require your child to have an excellent understanding of the English language, including vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Reading widely across traditional and contemporary texts will support their exam preparation – find free resources for engaging your child with reading here.

Focus on their needs: Tailor your child’s exam practice to their specific needs to help them stay on track. Atom’s adaptive learning algorithm personalises your child’s optimal learning journey to help them master all the content required to achieve entry to Devonport High School for Boys. Data-driven insights will also give you an in-depth overview of your child’s progress.

Start your free 5-day trial of Atom Nucleus today to see how adaptive learning can empower your child to excel in Devonport High School for Boys’ 11 plus exam.

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